PaDR-SL empowers field staff with motorbikes to implement YESP
Partners in Relief and Development in Sierra Leone (PaDR) have handed over eight motorbikes to their field officers in a bid to facilitate the implementation of the Youth Employment Social Programme in the eight districts the organisation operates. (Photo: Director of Partners in Relief and Development in Sierra Leone (PaDR) Mahmoud B Kargbo handing over the motorbikes to the field staff )
The Project goal is to increase access to short term employment opportunities and to improving employability of 3,000 unemployed or under-employed rural young people in Moyamba, Bonthe, Pujehun, Kailahun, Tonkolili, Koinaduju, Port Loko and Kambia districts of Sierra Leone.
According to the Director of Partners in Relief and Development in Sierra Leone (PaDR) Mahmoud B Kargbo the objective project is primarily intended to provide skills development opportunities to unemployed and under-employed rural young people to enhance their livelihood and employability.
This he said will be done in a close collaboration and coordination with the Integrated Project Administration Unit (IPAU), the National Youth Commission and the World Bank.
He said PaDR-SL will provide youths with an employable skills development in value addition of cassava, rice and oil palm processing.
Mahmoud Kargbo also said that they will help trainees to establish and start up businesses in cassava, rice and oil palm processing and also link trainees to employment opportunities.
Besides the consortium members, the project was implemented mainly through partnership with district councils and both private and public sectors of the economy. Private training institutions and the MAFFS Agricultural Business Centres (ABCs) were engaged to train the young people in the project districts.
There were three different types of training which were done in a participatory manner and where possible local languages used. These trainings included numeracy and literacy, book and record keeping, entrepreneurship, and livelihood skills. Livelihood skills focused on value addition on cassava, rice and palm oil processing, packaging, and marketing, to enable them to match- up with the global business trend.
The first phase of the project has been concluded and the second phase started on the 2nd September 2013.
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